Athletics at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Men's 5000 metres

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Men's 5000 metres
at the Games of the XIX Olympiad
Venue Estadio Olímpico Universitario
Date October 15–17
Competitors 39 from 25 nations
Winning time 14:05.0
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Mohammed Gammoudi  Tunisia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Kipchoge Keino  Kenya
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Naftali Temu  Kenya
← 1964
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The Men's 5000 metres competition at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico. The event was held at the University Olympic Stadium on October 15–17.

Competition format[edit]

The Men's 5000m competition consisted of three heats (Round 1) and a Final. The top five runners from each heat advanced to the final.

Records[edit]

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:

World record  Ron Clarke (AUS) 13:16.6 Stockholm, Sweden July 5, 1966
Olympic record  Vladimir Kuts (URS) 13:39.6 Melbourne, Australia November 26, 1956

Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Kipchoge Keino  Kenya 14:28.4 Q
2 Mohammed Gammoudi  Tunisia 14:29.0 Q
3 Mamo Wolde  Ethiopia 14:29.8 Q
4 Bob Finlay  Canada 14:31.8 Q
5 Emiel Puttemans  Belgium 14:34.6 Q
6 Bernd Dießner  East Germany 14:41.0
7 Rashid Sharafetdinov  Soviet Union 14:44.0
8 Dick Taylor  Great Britain 14:46.6
9 Keisuke Sawaki  Japan 15:00.8
10 György Kiss  Hungary 15:13.0
11 Lou Scott  United States 15:13.6
12 Esau Adenji  Cameroon 15:46.2
13 Gabriel M'Boa  Central African Republic 17:33.0
14 Juan Valladares  Honduras 18:21.6

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Naftali Temu  Kenya 14:20.4 Q
2 Ron Clarke  Australia 14:20.8 Q
3 Wohib Masresha  Ethiopia 14:27.0 Q
4 Jack Bacheler  United States 14:31.0 Q
5 Nikolay Sviridov  Soviet Union 14:38.8 Q
6 Ahmed Zammel  Tunisia 14:54.0
7 Alan Blinston  Great Britain 15:06.2
8 Werner Schneiter  Switzerland 15:08.2
9 Mustafa Musa  Uganda 15:10.2
10 Edward Stawiarz  Poland 15:13.8
11 Werner Girke  West Germany 15:20.8
12 Rafael Pérez  Costa Rica 15:41.4
13 Benjamin Silva-Netto  Philippines 17:10.2
14 Clovis Morales  Honduras 18:40.2

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Jean Wadoux  France 14:19.8 Q
2 Juan Máximo Martínez  Mexico 14:20.0 Q
3 Harald Norpoth  West Germany 14:20.6 Q
4 Rex Maddaford  New Zealand 14:20.8 Q
5 Fikru Deguefu  Ethiopia 14:21.6 Q
6 Bob Day  United States 14:23.2
7 Leonid Mykytenko  Soviet Union 14:44.0
8 Allan Rushmer  Great Britain 15:05.2
9 Julio Quevedo  Guatemala 15:23.0
N/A Dave Ellis  Canada DNF
N/A Roland Brehmer  Poland DNF

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time
1st, gold medalist(s) Mohammed Gammoudi  Tunisia 14:05.0
2nd, silver medalist(s) Kipchoge Keino  Kenya 14:05.2
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Naftali Temu  Kenya 14:06.4
4 Juan Máximo Martínez  Mexico 14:10.8
5 Ron Clarke  Australia 14:12.4
6 Wohib Masresha  Ethiopia 14:17.6
7 Nikolay Sviridov  Soviet Union 14:18.4
8 Fikru Deguefu  Ethiopia 14:19.0
9 Jean Wadoux  France 14:20.8
10 Rex Maddaford  New Zealand 14:39.8
11 Bob Finlay  Canada 14:45.0
12 Emiel Puttemans  Belgium 14:59.6
N/A Harald Norpoth  West Germany DNF

Notes: Q- Qualified by place
DNF - Did Not Finish

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